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CONJUNCTIONS. As with definitions of time

As is apparently used redundantly with definitions of time (as ὡς is used in Greek with respect to motion). It is said by Halliwell to be an Eastern Counties' phrase:

“This is my birth-day, as this very day
Was Cassius born.

“One Lucio as then the messenger.

The as in the first example may be intended to qualify the statement that Cassius was born on "this very day," which is not literally true, as meaning "as I may say." Here, and in our Collect for Christmas Day, "as at this time to be born," as seems appropriate to an anniversary. In the second example the meaning of "as then" is not so clear; perhaps it means "as far as regards that occasion." Compare “Yet God at last
To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied,
Though in mysterious terms, judg'd as then best.” MILTON, P. L. x. 173. where "as then" seems to mean "for the present." So "as yet" means "as far as regards time up to the present time." So in German "als dann" means "then," and "als" is applied to other temporal adverbs.

As in E. E. was often prefixed to dates:

As in the year of grace, &c.

"As now" is often used in Chaucer and earlier writers for "as regards now," "for the present:" “But al that thing I must as now forbere.” CHAUC. Knighte's Tale, 27. In

“Meantime I writ to Romeo
That he should hither come as this dire night,

as perhaps means "as (he did come)."

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